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Ceanothus rigidus

Monterey ceanothus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.7m to 1.25m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourBright blue purple
  • Leaf ColourGlossy mid green

Description

Ceanothus rigidus (Monterey ceanothus). A highly branched evergreen shrub native to California's Monterey Peninsula in the United States. It's toothed, glossy mid green leaves are obovate and oppositely arranged. Cymes of bright blue purple flowers are borne in late spring on the branches.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

United States (California)

Interest and use

Grown for their small but densely clustered, mainly blue flowers. Attractive to bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost to half hardy; in cold areas you should plant against a south or west facing wall. They will need a sheltered site in full sun and light well drained soil. Remember to cut out the dead wood from the evergreens in the spring and trim their side shoots after flowering. Cut back shoots of deciduous species to basal framework in early spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by greenwood or heel cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to honey fungus and scale insects.

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